con•gress

"walk together"
an ambient opera in three acts
music for voting
 

SYNOPSIS

To “congress” is to walk together.

from Latin congressum, the past participle of congredior (“I go, come together”), itself from con- + gradior (“I go, step”)

Project Description

congress is an ambient opera

It is created from recordings of official proceedings for the 115th U.S. Congress (2017-18). Speeches and debates form a libretto harmonized into arias and duets. Cadence creates rhythm and tempo. The pitch of spoken words becomes a musical score.

Cast

Senate President Joe Biden, Senate President-Elect Mike Pence, Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC), Patrick Conroy (House Chaplain), Karen Haas (Clerk of the House), Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), Sen. Al Franken (D-MN), Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), Minority Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Rep. Al Green (D-TX), Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT), Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN)

 

congress: walk together

ACT ONE

call to order
Opening sessions of the 115th Congress January 3, 2017
I recognize myself for five minutes
Rep. Adam Schiff and Rep. Devin Nunes
March 20, 2017
dreamers
Rep. Nancy Pelosi
February 7, 2017
some irony
Sen. Al Franken
December 21, 2017

ACT TWO

point of order
Rep. Jerry Nadler and Rep. Trey Gowdy
July 12, 2018
enemy of the people
Sen. Jeff Flake
January 17, 2018
what's in the bill
Rep. Steny Hoyer
March 22, 2018
what could go wrong?
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Bob Menendez, Sen. Mike Crapo, and Sen. Mitch McConnell
March 8, 2018

INTERMISSION

knives and forks
Rep. Devin Nunes
July 30, 2018

ACT THREE

I sing the national anthem
Rep. Al Green
June 7, 2018
poking the bear
Sen. Bob Corker
June 12, 2018
none of that matters
Rep. Peter Welch and Rep. Jackie Walorski
June 7, 2018
return to regular order
Sen. John McCain
July 24, 2017
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